Webinar - COVID-19 and the Compassionate Release of the Elderly, Infirm or High Risk


Friday, April 3, 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm


Online Webinar

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

Register here.

Format: Free Non-CLE Webinar

Joint Sponsors: ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, ABA Criminal Justice Section

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Public Interest LawABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers DivisionABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public ServiceABA Section of State and Local Government Law



As concerns increase about the spread of COVID-19 in jails and prisons, special attention should be given to those most vulnerable to severe cases, particularly the elderly and infirm.  While almost every state has judicial or administrative mechanisms for releasing such prisoners early, release under these programs is rarely achieved.  With the new threat of COVID-19, the release of prisoners at serious health risk is getting a closer look.  Our panelists will discuss litigation and administrative efforts to secure the compassionate release of elderly and infirm prisoners in response to COVID-19.





  • Miriam Gohara – Clinical Associate Professor, Yale Law School; Special Advisor, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants